Simply Break it Down

Got a barrier? Don’t destroy it. Simply break a barrier down. I recall occassions I stood in my own way. Because of a limited viewpoint or distorted thinking I held myself back. And because I love to read and study, I spent loads of time in psychological self-help books trying to figure out my inadequacies. I wanted .. read more

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On January 17th, 2013, posted in: anxiety, attitude, controllling self, move forward by

Level Your Playing Field – Speak

Don’t have the advertising budget others have? You needn’t worry. You have something that levels the playing field. Solo practitioners often feel pigeonholed into getting only small-scale accounts and clients based on thinking their budgets are far too restrictive. With limited funds come limited reach, they think. Yet some have come to realize  they have .. read more

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On December 27th, 2012, posted in: attitude, attorneys, audience, business development by

Nothing takes the place of persistence

Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan “Press On” has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race. – Calvin .. read more

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On November 20th, 2012, posted in: attitude, Breaking down barriers, practice, self management by

Follow the Leader – How this really CAN apply to you

As a child, I welcomed following. When my sister or parents told me what to do, I did it. They did the thinking, I did the doing. In my young mind, following was easy. Now as an adult, I see I sometimes manage a balancing act: sometimes I hesitate to follow and other times I .. read more

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Remember the Attraction

Yesterday my minister centered our focus on the “red letter edition” of the new testament, especially Jesus’ 4 directives, starting with “Come.” Reaching out to disciples as well as to those who are weary, the invitation to “come” has huge appeal. Whether we look at this from a spiritual appeal or even just from a general appeal in life, I think .. read more

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On November 12th, 2012, posted in: affirmation, attitude, clarity by 3 Comments

Make Your Thoughts Count

As a friend of mine recently told me, “Your thoughts don’t count unless you share them.” We introverts are often go-to people, but this cannot happen unless we first prove that we have thoughts worth paying attention to. And to do so, we must get out of our own way. We must speak up. Take .. read more

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Why Working With the Best is Such a Treat

Yesterday I had the honor of coaching judges on their presentation skills at the Ohio Supreme Court. What a humbling, career-energizing experience this was for me! I have told many audiences – including yesterday’s – that I enjoy coaching presenters of two types: those who are the top 20% of speakers in an organization, especially .. read more

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On October 26th, 2012, posted in: action, attitude, behavior, career, coaching, trust by

Good reason to have someone observe you

Today I observed a presenter for the second time in a week., the 4th time overall. New presentation, new venue and different presenting style all led toward my feeling of respect for the presenter who cares enough about his presentation impact to learn from an outsider about his patterns. Two days ago this speaker was in .. read more

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Give to Get still applies to business

I learned pretty early that a key to happiness is giving. Though difficult during trying times, giving in the offering plate, at the blood bank, for neighborhood fundraisers and lemonade stands as well as when a good friend needs support, giving provides opportunity. We generally see the opportunity from the eyes of the recipient, and .. read more

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On October 4th, 2012, posted in: attitude, breakthrough, energy by

Tips for Refueling a Deflated Ego

We all have days when our power wanes, usually due to exhaustion. Yet sometimes it has more to do with hearing NO, not hearing YES or lacking recognition. This is when our sense of self, our confidence, deflates. Like a balloon left alone without new air, we fizzle out, slowly becoming a limp, unremarkable object. .. read more

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On September 25th, 2012, posted in: affirmation, attitude, confidence, energy, exhaustion by